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Commemorating 50th anniversary of tragic plane crash at Lochailort


IAIN THORNBER editor@obantimes.co.uk

LAST THURSDAY, on the shortest day of the year, 21 people wound their way slowly up a rough, boulder-strewn path to a cairn on the south side of a hill a mile above Lochailort to remember 13 Royal Air Force personnel who were killed when the plane they were travelling in fell out of the sky exactly to the hour half a century before.

It was a pleasant winter’s morning. Save for the low murmur of a few cars on the Road to the Isles and the rattle of the Mallaig-bound train on the West Highland Line below, there was nothing of the present to draw their thoughts and memories away from the past.

From a knoll above the cairn where the ceremony would take place, six stags watched the approaching party until one of them gave a hoarse bark and they vanished over the timeless skyline, disturbing a pair of snipe as they went. Just so did these wild things live on that remote hillside when the plane of 206 Squadron plunged into it 50 years ago.

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